Take a peak at the latest MLB.com Chicago Cubs prospect rankings
There are a lot of varying opinions on the Chicago Cubs farm system among baseball outlets. MLB.com bases their rankings on a point system and has the Cubs system 24th in baseball, while FanGraphs ranks them much higher at eight. This can have fans scratching their heads and wondering why the major difference?
The biggest reason to note is that the Cubs have a ton of younger prospects in the ACL (rookie) league and in A-ball. There is a lot of growing to be done with these prospects and if they can keep going, they will grow in rankings, thus seeing the farm system shoot up in the overall rankings. This is if all (or a majority) goes well with development of course.
FanGraphs, like most other outlets, evaluate prospects a little differently. So it is not time to panic yet with MLB.com’s overall ranking of the Cubs farm. This next phase will require some patience and might not go as fast as some hope. Better they do it right than rush in the end.
On August 20, MLB.com updated its prospect rankings for each team. They now have updated who they feel are the Cubs top-30 prospects. This now takes in account the 2021 draft picks, and which guys are now considered within the top-30 early on. For this list we will explore the current top-10 prospects on the team according to MLB.com in detail, and other notes about the top-30.